Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), a major government grant-making agency, recently rejected a grant proposal in part because of apparent doubts about the theory of evolution.

Dr. Brian Alters, director of the Evolution Education Research Centre at Montreal's McGill University, revealed at a public lecture in late March that one of the SSHRC review panel's justifications for denying him funds was—to quote a letter from the panel—there was inadequate "justification for the assumption in the proposal that the theory of evolution, and not intelligent–design theory, was correct."

Ironically, Alters' proposal sought to study how the intelligent design movement has affected science education and Canadians' understanding of evolution.

On 12 April, AIBS president Kent Holsinger sent a letter to the SSHRC explaining how evolution is the only scientific theory that explains the history and diversity of life on Earth, and that intelligent design is not a scientific alternative to evolution. The text of the letter is available at www.aibs.org/position-statements/20060412_aibs_letter_to_3.html.

 


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